Success as a child actor depends almost as much on parents' managerial knowhow as it does on a kid's acting skills. During three-day weekend excursions at The Acting
Camp?held at the more than 300-acre El Capitan Canyon?aspiring performers and their guardians develop their respective roles in each
youngster's career. Under
the tutelage of John D'Aquino ? a veteran of hits like Seinfeld and Hannah
Montana ? kids refine techniques such as auditioning on camera and improvising.
These sessions culminate in
prepared scenes that groups of campers perform for casting directors, agents,
and managers from networks like Nickelodeon and the CW. Beforehand,
these insiders as well as parents of working child actors meet with parents
to discuss the business end of
the entertainment industry, where money and Beanie Babies exchange hands at a
rapid rate. Amid all these
career-focused activities, The Acting Camp leaves plenty of time for families
to relax and bond with fellow attendees.